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Red-shouldered Hawk  - Buteo lineatus

Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus

A medium sized hawk, resident around Montreal throughout the year, isn’t very common and sightings may occur more probable around the island of Montreal. This hawk is a forest raptor searching for prey while perched on a treetop or soaring over woodland.

Common Names

How to Identify

To identify this species look for the reddish coloring of breast and shoulder. Another distinctive characteristic is the tail in flight.

Where & When to Spot

I observed this species only one time in the Northern tip of Island Montreal on a tree close to the highway. It is a territorial bird. For the best chance to see one, visit Park Pointe-aux-Prairies in Winter. Winter, because of the lack of leaves it is easier to spot one.

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

The rare opportunity to see this hawk species so close. A large bird, resting on a lower branch in Park Bernard Landry, Laval.

park-des-prairies - April 10, 2021

NIKON Z 6; 70-200mm f/2.8; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f2.8; Iso 360;

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - March 22, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;